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Son celebrates AFC Asian International Player of the Year award with wonder goal

Sunday, December 8, 2019

London: Korea Republic captain and Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min celebrated receiving the 2019 AFC Asian International Player of the Year award with an amazing solo goal against Burnley in a Premier League tie on Saturday. 

Son, winning for a record third time, received the award from Korea Republic legend Park Ji-sung and Andy Roxburgh, the AFC's Director of Technical Division at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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Son, who was also awarded the accolade in 2015 and 2017, then capped his evening by scoring a stunning 90-yard solo goal as Tottenham triumphed 5-0 against Burnley.

With Spurs already rampant after early goals from Harry Kane and Lucas Moura, Son stole the show before half-time when he ran from deep inside his own half past a host of Burnley defenders and capped the astonishing burst with an ice-cool finish for his 10th goal of the season and it will surely be considered for the FIFA Puskas Award


Absolutely no one:

Not a single soul:

Heung-Min Son:

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 7, 2019

Always modest and unselfish, Son claimed he had wanted to pass rather than go on his epic run.

"When I got the ball and tried to pass it to Dele (Alli) but I couldn't find him so I just kept going. I am happy to score this goal," Son told a television interview while Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho shouted "give him the man of the match" in the background.

Tottenham captain Kane benefitted from Son's excellence as the first of his two goals came from the Korean's assist.

"This kind of goal is, for me, really, really special."

Sonny on his incredible solo effort during today's win.#THFC ⚪️ #COYS

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 7, 2019

Mourinho hailed Son's wonder-strike as the best goal he has seen since an equally stunning effort from Brazilian legend Ronaldo.

"Before this goal my son calls him Son-aldo and today he was Son-aldo!" Mourinho said. "This was an amazing goal. I know that he is going to reach the face of the keeper, his control is unstoppable. The keeper is good, but he managed to put it in.

"The only thing that compares was when I was at Barcelona with Bobby Robson. Ronaldo Nazario, Compostela against Barcelona, 1996. Ronaldo got the ball near the halfway line and scored a similar goal, an amazing goal."

Son has enjoyed a stellar year as 12 goals and six assists in 31 appearances in the Premier League helped Tottenham to a fourth-place finish in the 2018/19 Premier League season, and he was equally monumental in their UEFA Champions League campaign, where Spurs made their first-ever appearance in the final, losing 2-0 to Liverpool.

Son has been equally important to Korea Republic, skippering the Taeguk Warriors to a quarter-final finish in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 last January, where they lost 1-0 to eventual champions Qatar, and is leading Korea Republic's charge in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

Sources: AFP, AFC

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